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Tears For Fears announce UK tour and new material


Story: Jack Foley

THEY have sold in excess of 30 million records, enjoyed countless hits and were one of the best-loved and most respected bands of the post-MTV age, so it seems only natural that Tears For Fears should reunite permanently.

The band has recently announced a UK tour in 2005, as well as a new single, Closest Thing To Heaven, on February 21, and a new album, Everybody Loves A Happy Ending, a couple of weeks later, on March 7, 2005.

Tears for Fears are Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith and the dates to look out for are:

April 25 - Birmingham NIA Academy
April 27 - Manchester Apollo
April 28 - Glasgow Auditorium
April 29 - Newcastle City Hall
May 1 - Cardiff International Arena
May 2 - London Hammersmith Apollo (Box Office 0870 606 3400)

Commenting on the forthcoming tour, co-founder Roland Orzabal said:"Both Curt and I are really looking forward to the forthcoming UK dates; there is an amazing feeling you get from a live performance and, in particular, with British audiences.

"Not only do we get the chance to play some of our classic songs, but we also get to perform material from
our new album, which has been a real labour of love."

The announcement of the UK dates and the release of their new single and album will delight and thrill their fans, many of whom gave up on the
notion of seeing Orzabal and Smith reunited.

Evidence of the Tears For Fears enigma resurfaced last year with the Gary Jules version of Mad World
stormed into the UK charts, grabbing the #1 spot.

The record became the soundtrack to the cult film, Donnie Darko, directed by Richard Kelly.

Together as Tears For Fears, they hand crafted some of the most
eloquent pop songs and compositions.

An omnipresent fixture in the early days of music video, Tears For Fears brought Orzabal and Smith into the pop music spotlight via their 1983 debut album, The Hurting, which included the songs Mad World, Pale Shelter and Change.

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